FEELING at home with Petron, import Erika Adachi returns for another tour of duty with the Blaze Spikers as they try to retain their title in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.
Almost a year since helping the team win the Grand Prix championship, the Brazilian-Japanese setter feels nothing has changed.
“Everything is the same, I’m feeling at home,” the 27-year-old Adachi told Spin.ph.
The Blaze Spikers are aiming for a third straight PSL crown when the season-ending tournament kicks off on Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Adachi recalled how she initially had a hard time getting along with the local players only for the cheerful pair of Aby Marano and Rachel Anne Daquis to help break the ice.
“First time I had difficulty getting to know the girls and know everybody, (but) Aby and Rachel they were really cool, so it was easy to get to know everybody. It seems I hadn’t been away from here,” said Adachi, who also suited up for Petron in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship last month.
“This time we are tighter (than before), we had team bonding so that’s good for us, that’s going to be different for us,” she added. “Everybody already knows each other and (new import) Rupia (Inck) already know the girls.”
Aside from Adachi and Inck, 10 other foreign players will see action in the import-laden conference led by Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer of Foton, and Minnesota standout Amanda Anderson and Oregon star Ariel Usher of Cignal,
Other imports are Lynda Morales and Sarah McClinton of RC Cola-Air Force, Bojana Todorovic and Alexis Olgard of Philips Gold, Christina Alessi and Liis Kullerkann of Meralco, Katie Messing and Lindsay Stalzer of Foton, and Amanda Anderson and Ariel Usher of Cignal.
“I’m really excited I think this year’s going to be really competitive. I think it’s gonna be harder. I’m looking forward to play in the PSL,” said Adachi.